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  1. I'm hoping someone out there can help me! I've come back to scale modelling after a 30+ year hiatus and am loving it! My first attempt was a 1/72 Airfix Mosquito (see my profile pic), which I brush painted. I started reading around the subject and learnt loads of techniques which I enjoyed trying out. Next stage was clearly to move to airbrushing so I searched the t'interweb and ended up buying a Badger 200nh single action suction feed airbrush. As I'd already forked out a load setting up my work bench I couldn't justify a compressor so I'm using canned air for the time being. The problem is that I simply can't get any control out of the brush! Instead of controllable fine lines, I get a random sequence of large wet splodges, nothing but air and then a very thin dusting of colour. I tried in vain to pre-shade the panel lines on my 1/72 Airfix Sabre (using gloss black, that someone had recommended in an article I read) and pretty much painted the whole model. Nothing like it looked like in the article with nice narrow lines over the panel lines. In a review of the 200nh, the reviewer sketched a little smiley face no wider than a scalpel. I must be doing something wrong! I tried spraying while twiddling the needle adjusting screw and that didn't seem to make any real difference. Seemed to be simply on or off. Are you supposed to be able to vary the intensity of the air? I've ended up using a whole small tin of Badger air and half a big tin with no meaningful results. Is the tinned air the issue? Perhaps it's the paint? I'm using Humbrol enamels thinned with Humbrol thinners. I've read the ratio of paint to thinners should be 50:50, to a milky consistency. But are we talking full fat or skimmed?! Or even gold top?! Dosing thinners is easy with a pipette, but I'm struggling to dose the paint. Any tips? Could it be that the mix is too thick? or thin? I'm using the glass jar with siphon pipe but perhaps a Badger metal cup would be easier? I'm getting good at stripping down the brush & cleaning it and to a layman's eye, there's no apparent damage. So I'm feeling pretty disillusioned at the mo - got a new toy but don't know how to play with it. Can anyone enlighten me? Thanks in anticipation for a bit of inspiration Beardylong (and the irony is I haven't got a beard any more!)
  2. Hi Guys, My last few kits have been all brush-painted, and while I'm getting to be pretty good on small details I'm absolutely useless on the large areas of base colour. I think the way forward might be to get an airbrush, but the more I read about them, the more confused I seem to end up! I think I'm looking for a double-action gravity feed airbrush with a compressor, but I've no idea what makes or models to go for. I've never even held an airbrush, so I don't want to spend too much in case I don't take to it, but equally I don't want to buy something that's cheap because it's poor quality and liable to pack up in a matter of weeks. The kits I'm currently working on are fairly large - 1/144 Saturn V, (2.5 foot tall rocket) Space shuttle stack, Space shuttle on Boeing 747 (the plane is just huge!). I considered rattle cans, but Humbrol don't do all the shades\finishes I need and I'm not too sure what other makes to try - slightly off-topic, but I'm still wondering if rattlecans might prove better than an airbrush for these type of kits? Anyway, I think I'm looking for a beginner airbrush that's good for large areas, but maybe with the option of allowing some finer work. I basically work with Humbrol enamels, but wouldn't mind trying some of the Alclad metallic lacquers for an iron man kit I picked up a few days back (been seeing some great builds on here!), not sure if that would also affect the choice of airbrush. either (problems with thinners eating away the seals?) I also don't know how far a given volume of paint will actually go when spraying, so I don't know what paint cup size would be best to start with. I've been looking into these two setups: Expo airbrush and compressor (£110) http://www.modelzone.co.uk/airbrush-and-compressor-kit.html AB-AS-18 Airbrushing Kit with Ultra Airbrush (£127) http://www.everythingairbrush.com/acatalog/Harder___Steenbeck_Kits.html Would either of these be any good, or are there better starter kits around I haven't stumbled across yet? And are there any other questions I should be asking at this point but haven't thought of yet?
  3. Hello, I need to connect an Iwata Revolution airbrush (HP-TR2) to my Revell Standard Class compressor. Can someone tell me what sort of coupling I need? I'm possibly being slightly dim, but it doesn't seem to be obvious how the advertised sizes relate to the fittings. For example, the hose I have for the airbrush claims to have 1/8th inch connectors and fits the airbrush quite happily, but, whichever way I measure it, it seems much larger than 1/8th inch - the internal diameter of the threaded female connector is about 3/8th inch by my reckoning. Thanks, Andrew
  4. Hi I am returning my AS186. It simply is of such poor quality. Has anyone had any experiences with AMA-28A Two Cylinder Airbrush Compressor
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